New Delhi: Ex-servicemen belonging to an unrecognized association have submitted a memorandum, reportedly signed in blood, to the Defence Ministry demanding `One Rank-One Pension`, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
"Some ex-servicemen belonging to the Indian Ex-Servicemen
Movement, an unrecognized body, which has been demanding One
Rank-One Pension and as part of their campaign, have submitted
a memorandum reportedly signed in blood," Defence Minister A K Antony said in a written reply to members` questions.
They have also made a reference to the recommendation of
the Punjab Assembly for sympathetic consideration of the
demand, he said.
However, no consultation had been made by the Punjab
government in this regard, he added.
Noting that the Centre`s effort was to improve the
pension of the armed forces pensioners, Antony said keeping in
view the spirit of the demand and the government`s commitment
to the welfare of the retired personnel, a committee under
Cabinet Secretary had been set up.
"All the seven recommendations made by the committee were
accepted and orders in implementation of the same stand
issued. This would not only significantly reduce the gap
between the past and present pensioners, but will also
considerably improve the pension of ex-servicemen including
disabled ex-servicemen," he added.
Ex-servicemen from across the country have been demanding
`One Rank-One Pension`, which essentially meant all similarly
placed retired personnel of the same rank, irrespective of
when they had retired, would be paid the same pension in
accordance with the pay revision effected from time to time. But earlier this year, the government had issued orders to bring the pension of all retired personnel "close to" the `One Rank-One Pension` demand.
To another query, Antony said the government had been
receiving complaints from ex-servicemen and their families
regarding payment of pension.
"A total number of complaints received during the last
three years is 58,540, of which 58,268 have been solved," he